YoMo2 wrote:Hmmmm..... Do we actually believe this? Sounds like one of those nasty little traps that will catch us out later down the line.
I went to my local IKA office a few weeks ago, because I was passing, and asked about renewal. The nice lady was about to sort me out when she realised it was a UK funded booklet I had. "Oh no, I can't do that here, you'll have to go to the main office in Agios Nikolaos."
So, it appears there was some sort of renewal involved, and yes, our UK funded booklets are always subject to different systems and procedures. So, whilst I would like to believe Ros21's post, I'm not holding my breath, especially as she heard it from KEP not IKA.
Caution is always a good thing here, but if it helps, we took our books in to KEP in Kalyves on Friday 16th january and they were ready yesterday, 4 Feb which is about 12 working days. Got the same story about the certificate - not issued any more, but the details are on the computer. Tellingly, Argentine who is the lady at KEP who did the work said - 'And I checked yours on the computer, just to be sure. Everything is OK.'
What will be interesting is the next visit to Vamos health centre. For the last year or so, they have required a photocopy of that certificate to attach to a form which allegedly ends up somewhere in DSS in the UK for reimbursement of funds. Maybe (!?!) they will be able to produce a print-out from the computer to attach to the (hand-completed) form. I shall take a copy of the old page anyway, just in case they are happy to amend the date.
Fun, innit? Bob.
Yesterday today was tomorrow. Don't dilly dally!